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    27 Things You'll Probably Want To Buy For Your First Car

    Or your second car, or third car, or millionth car.

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    1. A Bluetooth transmitter for making (safe!) hands-free phone calls, listening to your favorite FM radio stations, or jamming to your music from your phone all while being able to charge up.

    reviewer photo of Bluetooth transmitter set up in car

    Screen shows incoming call numbers, voltage levels in car battery, volume, FM frequency, and song name. It also supports Siri and Google Assistant so you can enjoy voice control while driving with it connected to your phone.

    Promising review: "I had seen these Bluetooth devices before but never really thought about how MUCH MORE convenient it would be to be able not worry about cords and just enter my car, wait a couple of seconds, hear the device say "paired" and be up and running with whatever I have going on my iPhone. I'm really glad I bought this and it works great!" β€”JT JOHNSON

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in six colors).

    2. A two-port USB charger so you can keep your phone at 100, even if your speedometer is at 0.

    the usb charger plugged inside in someone's car with two usb cords plugged into it

    Compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod, HTC, Galaxy, Blackberry, MP3 players, digital cameras, PDA's, and other kinds of mobile phones.

    Promising review: "This charger is awesome. I always hated how slow car chargers typically are. We all have them β€” the gas station charger that will barely keep the phone alive, and only if you aren't using it. This is not like that. This is just as fast as the lightning charger in the wall. Plugged it in on one percent and in no time i was at 30%. We have used it with Galaxy and iPhone. Even at the same time. Highly recommend." β€”Logan H.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two colors).

    3. A cordless vacuum that'll clear away all those crumbs from those times when you just HAD to devour a family-sized bag of sour cream and onion chips like a lion munching away at its prey.

    person vacuuming the floor of their car with the cordless vacuum

    Features a lightweight, portable design and utilized lithium technology for strong suction and extended run time.

    Promising review: "Excellent little dust buster. Will easily suck up kitty litter, small pebbles, and grit off the floor of my car. It seems to hold a charge for a good length of time too. I’m really happy with it. This is my second one, and I’ve bought three as gifts." β€”E. Constable

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

    4. A digital tire gauge to make checking your tire pressure easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, especially if you're someone who knows, like, nothing about cars, except for how to drive them.


    The digital display shows the exact reading, so no guesswork involved! It has a simple push button control to turn on, and it automatically shuts off after 30 seconds to save the batteries. A soft, non-slip surface means easy, comfy gripping.

    Promising review: "This digital tire gauge works perfectly. My Mercedes is equipped with tire pressure sensors and every once in a while it will put a warning up on the dash display that the tire pressures are incorrect. I had one of the cheapy pocket tire gauges and it doesn't give an accurate reading. This digital gauge gives me the pressure reading down to the tenths of a PSI. Love it and it is simple now to get the CORRECT pressure on the tires." β€”BlueMax

    Get it from Amazon for $17.56.

    5. A car air freshener that'll keep your car smelling delicious, and most importantly, ensure that Mr. Harry Styles is always a passenger in your vehicle.

    the car air freshener featuring an illustration of harry styles wearing a watermelon outfit with a watermelon print background
    Gifts By Ells / Etsy

    Gifts By Ells is a small business based in Portsmouth, United Kingdom selling a fun variety of pop culture-inspired car air fresheners, mugs, coasters, and more!

    Promising review: "Love this! Bought it a few weeks ago and it arrived super quickly, and the scent is still present! Smells amazing and adds a little funk to my car." β€”Daria

    Get it from Gifts By Ells on Etsy for $6.99 (available in various scents and includes a no scent option).

    6. A headlight restoration kit so you can ensure the safety of yourself and others by driving with clear, working lights. Because it's really dangerous driving with them all fogged up... don't do it!

    on the left, a headlight looking fogged up, and on the right, the same headlight now clear again
    Wipe New

    Each kit includes one precision Wipe-It infused with Wipe New solution, one professional Lens Polishing Pad, one pair of nitrile gloves, and one microfiber towel to give your headlights a streak-free finish. One application is expected to last your headlights for years!

    Promising review: "If I could give it 10 stars, I would! My headlights were so bad, I couldn't see anything at night. My boyfriend went to Walmart and got this stuff. I got up the next morning and I swear it looked like he went and bought brand new headlights. Would totally recommend this to anyone!!" β€”Sara

    Get it from Walmart for $9.88, or Target for $9.89.

    7. An all-purpose car cleaner that'll have the inside of your car looking as the good as the day it looked the day it first left the factory β€” no matter how many years ago that may have been.

    On the left, a car seat looking dirty and stained, and on the right, the same car seat now clean

    Check out our write-up of the awesome CarGuys Super Cleaner!

    Promising review: "I have used every product that you can find on the shelves of your local store. When I sprayed the cleaner on the light beige interior of a 25-plus-year-old car, the interior turned to its original color. After years of detailing, I had assumed at this point, the color was set and that's it β€” not with this stuff. While cleaning it I literally said out loud, 'No way, no way,' because I was in disbelief at how amazing it worked, and the results are in the compliments I receive from friends." β€”Andrea Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    8. A crystal sun-catcher to make those early morning sunrise and evening sunset drives that much more beautiful. You had me at natural disco ball.

    JV Makes Things / Etsy

    JV Makes Things is a Canadian Etsy seller that makes beautiful things like suncatchers, charms, glassware, and bookmarks.

    Promising review: "So amazing! We hung it in the car and the kids were pumped that we had a 'disco ball' that caused rainbow light to dance around the car! It’s small and light like I wanted. Great quality. Beautiful. Quick shipping. Thanks!!!" –jgillies101

    Get it from JV Makes Things on Etsy for $13.47+ (available in two sizes and in four chain colors).

    9. A front seat cover for when you wanna bring your furry friend along for the ride, but don't want their fur sticking onto those gorgeous leather seats.

    the car seat cover in khaki

    Promising review: "No worry about dirt, dander, or claw marks on my car anymore! Used it for several days while car traveling with my husky, and it worked perfectly. Finally found something durable to protect my car, so I can drive anywhere with my buddy. This was just what I needed, and I couldn't be happier." β€”kyra

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+Β (available in four styles).

    10. A trash can that'll make bottles and wrappers on the floor of your car a thing of the past. Now you can hide the evidence of yesterday's late night Taco Bell run.

    a person throwing a water bottle away in the garbage

    Promising review: "Love it! It's great to have a trash can in the car that's not a total eyesore. I love that it's waterproof, so I don't have to buy bags for it. I liked it so much that I bought a second one for my boyfriend's car." β€”Ashley A. Wolfe

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+Β (available in three designs).

    11. A 42-piece AAA road kit to temporarily save you from being stuck on the side of the road when a problem hits! It'll hold you over until you can get some professional help.

    the AAA kit and the various items that come in it

    This kit includes 8 ft. 8 gauge jumper cables, an aluminum flashlight and batteries, a 2-in-1 screwdriver, duct tape, an emergency poncho, shop cloth 5 cable ties, 20 bandages, four towelettes, a reusable zipper lock bag, a AAA membership brochure, AAA accident guidelines, and of course a carry case.

    Promising review: "Thankfully I have never had to use this yet, and hopefully will never have to, but this is still great. It has everything you need in it. It’s also pretty compact so it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your car. I have a small Toyota Corolla so trunk space is pretty limited and this being in there does not hinder my ability to fit a lot of stuff in my trunk. I love it!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.59.

    12. A keychain car escape tool you should keep handy in case of an emergency we hope you don't find yourself in, but want you to be prepared for just in case.

    a person demonstrating the pink car escape tool on a seatbelt

    Promising review: "It's really smart to make this product small enough to put onto a key chain. I chose to hang it from my rearview mirror because, in a crash, with the airbag deployed, I imagine it would be difficult to reach the ignition, but easier to reach the device hanging from the mirror. It's small enough to be unobtrusive. I don't even notice it there. We tested it on a block of wood, as suggested by another review. It worked perfectly. The price is good, too." β€”TL in SB

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in six colors).

    13. A two-pack of tire traction tools for seriously helping when it comes to having to back your car out of the driveway or a parking spot in a snow storm.

    person using the tire traction tool in the snow

    These also work against mud and sand!

    Promising review: "I bought these for my sister, she lives in the mountains of North Carolina. She said these literally saved her life one night when she was stuck in the snow on a back road by herself with no cellphone reception. It's a great gift for anyone who drives virtually anywhere, especially in the snow, mud, or sand." β€”Kenneth V.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.96+Β (also available in a flexible style).

    14. A sunshade windshield cover to place over your car WHILE YOU'RE NOT DRIVING IT so it doesn't overheat. Don't you just hate when your vehicle feels like a boiling pot of pasta and your legs stick to the hot seats like glue?!

    the sunshade windshield cover on a car

    One size fits most cars.

    Promising review: "I was worried it might not fit, but it fit perfectly fine in my Dodge Charger. It was so nice leaving work and not getting into a roasting hot car. Good quality, will buy again if needed. I am happy with this purchase." β€”Amanda DS

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two sizes).

    15. A portable air compressor for when you're far from a gas station and the pressure in your tires either needs a quick check or quick fill until you can get there.

    the portable air compressor

    You must run your engine while using this. This is good for small ATV's, trucks, SUV's, and sedans with tires up to 33" in size.

    Promising review: "This air pump is the real deal, it inflates really well. The only thing you need to know is you will lose a small amount of air pressure when you unscrew the connector from the valve stem. The remedy for this is to add a pound or two more air then required so when you unscrew the connector the air you lose will be compensated for. Also, the instructions tell you to start the engine before turning on the pump β€” this is a really good idea as this air pump draws a lot of voltage." β€”DWM Jr

    Get it from Amazon for $77.95.

    16. A car diffuser to help give your vehicle a sweet scent. Am I the only one who is unreasonably excited at the thought about getting into my car and being greeted with the scent of fresh linens?

    person holding the diffuser which hangs off the mirror like an air freshener
    Amber and Wood Co / Etsy

    Amber and Wood Co is a small business based in Valparaiso, IN selling aromatic goods like candles, freshening sprays, and car diffusers.

    Promising review: "I love these little car diffusers so much! They are cute and very fragrant. I got Winter Mint, Orange, and Connie Pine Cone. I may get some more for each of my girlfriends as a gift." β€”Allison Hutzell

    Get it from Amber and Wood Co on Etsy for $8 (available in 33 scents).

    17. A tire shining kit that may have you standing on the top of your car once you're done using it and channeling your inner Danny Zuko. Just make sure the top of the car stays clean from the bottoms of your dirty shoes, too.

    on the left, a tire looking dirty, and on the right, the same tire, now looking shiny and clean

    It comes with a microfiber applicator!

    Promising review: "I have only had to use the spray twice in a month and a half and the only reason for the second use was I put my car through an automatic car wash. If it wasn't for that I would still be on one use. My friend thought I never drive my car because the tires look brand new every time I see him. I also use it on the plastic parts on the outside of my car and it's just as amazing. Definitely buying again when I run out." β€”A. Glaza

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    18. And while you're at it, you're gonna want to also add some wheel cleaner to your cart. Who has the sharpest ride around town now? That's right, you do!

    This is safe to use on various wheel finishes including chrome, aluminum, steel, clear-coated, PVD, painted, plastic wheel covers, magnesium, and aftermarket wheels.

    Promising review: "It will take one look from your friends to say. 'Did you buy some new wheels?' This stuff is absolutely amazing. For the full effect, dismount your wheel, spray the back. Go do something for 10 minutes. Wash with water, no scrubbing needed. Turn the rim face up, do it again. Do the rest of your rims, and don't forget the tire protectant when you reinstall them. This stuff will handle salt, road tar, off-road dirt and mud; you get it dirty, it comes clean. Where was this stuff when I was racing off-road?" β€”johnfcon

    Get it from Amazon for $16.10+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A windshield cover for shielding your front windows from getting all snow-covered and frosty β€” because who the heck wants to stand out in the frigid cold and scrape ice off while waiting on the de-froster to heat up. Not me, not you, not anyone.

    This is water-, dust-, sun-, hail-, and frost-proof! Just keep this covered on your vehicle while it's parked in the driveway or a parking lot, peel it off before getting in the car, and no snow/ice scraping needed!

    Promising review: "Excellent product. I live in New England and we just had a snow storm which left about 12 inches of snow. My car is parked outside, and I installed this before the storm began. After brushing off the snow on the car, I removed this cover - which is very easy to do - to find a perfectly clean windshield and no snow clogging the windshield wiper area. The only thing I would caution you about is that even after shaking the cover off hard, there is still a bit of snow on it that won't come off (may be different if the snow is very powdery.) So - I would recommend a trunk or cargo liner if you are going to put this in the trunk area afterward as I did. The melting snow will be contained by the liner, which will eliminate any potential problems. Highly recommended." –Mark J. Koenig

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    20. A waxer/polisher to restore your vehicle's exterior to a condition even the dealership would be jealous of.

    a person waxing/polishing their car

    Features a comfortable, two-handle design so your arms don't get tired while using. Includes a 6 in. random orbit waxer/polisher and one foam applicator bonnet. Runs on a random orbit at 4,4000 orbits per minute.

    Promising review: "For the price, this is a good option. It is good for waxing/buffing your vehicle, as long as it is a basic job. I wish I would have bought something a bit more powerful for the specific need I have, but for the price I can't complain. For the regular home use, it's perfect. Black & Decker seems to put out decent options on tools at an affordable price. They always seem to be good for the average user who doesn't use the tool for professional daily use, but rather is perfect for at home repair/maintenance jobs." β€”Scandaljoe

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97.

    21. A car phone holder for an easier and safer way of looking at your phone's GPS. Looking down means completely taking your eyes off the road which is a major NO-NO!

    the holder mounted to a dashboard holding a smart phone

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this phone car mount. Incredibly secure hold not only on the dashboard, but with my phone. I like that it has an opening at the bottom so that I can run my USB charging cord to the phone when my phone is mounted. I tried the vent one, but the mount wouldn't stay in the vent. The CD kind was not an option for my car. Plus, this holder's ability to pivot 225 degrees made all the difference. I can keep it in eyesight without it taking up too much of my vision out." β€”crimscrem

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    22. Or a magnetic phone mount that clips right into your car's air vents. Simply clip it into the said vent, stick the included magnetic sticker to the back of your phone (or just place it in the case), and let the magnets ~connect~., Amazon

    Review your car's style of vents before purchasing. This is an easy and ideal phone holder for vents that are high up on a dashboard. Anything too low down means you'll be looking down while you're driving, which we certainly don't want!

    Promising review: "I hardly ever write product reviews but I'm super impressed with this product! Great overall quality, product packaging, and does great on doing exactly what it's meant for! It's a very strong magnet. I used two of the square plates on the back of my iPad and mounted them to use it as a second display in my car, which worked perfectly! Very satisfied and would highly recommend especially for the price. Can't beat it." –Austin

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    23. A carpet spot removal spray to target annoying stains. Messes are bound to happen. Whether it's from a child, pet, friend, or you, this stuff is gonna help you stop spending hours deciding who to blame the spill on this time.

    on the left, a car seat with a stain, and on the right, the same car seat now clean

    Good for removing spots and stains from colorfast carpet, rugs, upholstery, and clothing without leaving a sticky residue or needing to rinse or vacuum. To use, apply to the stain, gently agitate with your fingers, and blot with absorbent cloth. This is non-toxic and should be non-irritating on the skin!

    Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car when I bought it. I tried other cleaners to get it out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" β€”Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98+.

    24. A scratch remover so the next time you get back to your car and realize the person who parked next to you was not the best or most considerate driver, you don't have to panic about getting it fixed.

    on the left, a scratch on a car, and on the right, the scratch is now gone

    Promising review: "I had a few noticeable fine scratches on the hood of my truck that I tried this Trinova Scratch and Swirl Remover on, and it worked. I no longer have to be annoyed every time I approach my vehicle from the front! It didn't take a lot of effort to get it back to looking like new again. I will use it again in the future if necessary. I'm glad that I didn't pay someone at the body shop to try to buff the scratches out, I saved a bunch of money with this!" β€”Bonnie Walton

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    25. A glass cleaning tool that'll make your windows look brand new, which is good! So you can, you know, see through them without dusty crap blocking your views of the road.

    person cleaning the glass on their car using the cleaning tool

    Includes two washable, reversible, and reusable microfiber cleaning bonnets and a mesh storage bag. A pivoting triangular head makes it easy to adapt to curved surfaces.

    Promising review: "Finally a tool that makes it easy to clean the inside of your cars windshield. The plastic seems very durable. The handle is rubberized, and is very comfortable. Different accessories/attachments that make getting those stubborn bug stains off your windshield. I'd definitely recommend this product to family and friends." β€”MegaDave

    Get it from Amazon for $13.47Β (and you can pick up some replacement bonnets for $8.09, too).

    26. And a car cleaning putty that will clean the crevices in your car that no other product can reach. Perfect for getting into those spaces between the seats after your aforementioned in-car fast food feast.


    According to reviewers, you should store it properly after each use, as it's not washable!

    Promising review: "OMG. I bought this on a whim and have been amazed at how much easier this made detailing my car. It even made it fun. I felt like I was playing with goop. I love it when you buy something and it makes a qualitative improvement in your life. I have bought useful tools before but nothing that was so much fun to use." –Aviva fischerΒ 

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    27. A car tray for all the times you'll inevitably go through the McDonald's drive-through only to eat it in the parking lot. At least you can feel like you're eating at a real table even if you ordered the Happy Meal for yourself.

    Promising review: "I work five days a week in a COVID ICU and have been eating in my vehicle to reduce the risk of spread in the lunchroom or restaurants. Had been struggling with eating in comfort all these months until I stumbled upon an article about interesting gadgets on Amazon. Where have you been?! Slapped it on and immediately in love! No issues with having to turn my steering wheel around, no strong smell, fits my 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee perfectly. Best COVID purchase ever to provide so much happiness with just a few dollars! Thank you!" β€”Diozmul

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    28. A car sauce dip clip to ensure you always have a second pair of hands to hold your dipping sauces while driving β€” it's a very important part of the driving while eating chicken nuggets and/or french fries process, OK?!

    the dip clip holding two types of sauces

    3DPrintedByBrian is a small business based in Fate, TX selling super cool 3D-printed goods like personalized dog tags, home decor, and of course, the very important dip clip as seen above.

    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $7+ (available in two sizes).

    29. And last, but certainly not least, a car seat gap filler so you'll never have to worry about losing your phone (or more importantly, a french fry) into the dreaded car abyss ever again!

    Drop Stop being installed and preventing a phone, change, and fries from falling

    Don't worry: we've got you covered with a roundup of more *genius* car products that you can check out here. The Drop Stop is, of course, number one.

    Promising review: "Wow! Most of the 'As Seen on TV' stuff is just hype. Not this little gem. Drop Stop does exactly what it claims. It stops stuff from falling between the seat and the center console. I would have bought one of those between the seat caddies, but they wouldn't be useful because of how narrow the space is. I don't really need more storage, anyway. What I did need was a way to keep stuff from falling in between the seat and the console. Normally, when stuff falls between I can't get to it. All the seat hardware is in the way. And I have small hands. Drop Stop is the perfect solution." –Star's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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